“Second chances don’t come around all that often. I suggest you take a really close look at it. This is your chance to earn that look in your daughter’s eyes, to become the hero that she already thinks you are.”
-Dr. Hank Pym, original Ant-Man
We’ve always been curious about that other world within our own. Imagine shrinking down to miniature size, enabling us to explore the invisible secrets of a familiar place. The concept has been often explored in films such as The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), yet not enough to satisfy our curiosity. Luckily, Ant-Man‘s story exists and, with the creative boom of Marvel Studios and their ever-growing cinematic universe, that story has been brought to life. Trust me, at the height of CGI and 3D technology, there’s no better time than now for Ant-Man’s on-screen debut.
In order to protect the Ant-Man suit and keep such a powerful piece of technology from falling into the wrong hands, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) picks reformed thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) as his successor. Now acting as Ant-Man, Lang is our unlikely hero, and with him we are thrown into a miniscule world where everything – including the action – is much bigger. We explore familiar yet new territories, from ant-hills to drains, carpets and even child play sets. We experience Lang’s fear as he dons the suit for the first time, and share his euphoria as he finally masters its abilities. Paul Rudd especially excels at the portrayal of the character, just as the rest of the cast, enabling us to connect with Lang without problem. Throughout the flick, we learn that while a criminal, Lang is also down to earth, a loving father… And a pretty funny guy.
Laughter was far from lacking in a packed Concordia University theater that took in Ant-Man for the first time. Despite the intricate string of jokes, the story still eased in dramatic and heartfelt moments at times that were just right, leaving no room for an awkward transition. And while some of the jokes were too stereotypical (Luis, anyone?), those were overshadowed by perspective gags and slapstick, reminding us that Marvel knows there are better things to laugh at.
Of course, no action film these days would be complete without the cherry on the cake: 3D technology. Thanks to CGI, we now know what it’s like to befriend a group of crazy ants. And thanks to 3D, we can say we were right there, and we were left with the uncomfortable feeling of that encounter. In the theater, you can tell right away which films were designed for 3D, and which ones weren’t. Ant-Man was born to be 3D, and there is no other way to see it. From watching Scott Lang earn Dr. Hank Pym and daughter Hope Pym‘s trust, to growing into the hero that the Marvel universe deserved, we learn that big things do come in incredibly small packages. Even the tiniest of heroes can do incredible things, and even a thief deserves a second chance.